The interim verdict: you prefer academic and classical painters. It may sound ordinary, but in fact you have made a rare choice. Once you learn what’s behind the set of themes, rules and strict canons of the style you will have greater appreciation of the unique traits of your personality that make you different from the rest of the world.
As any big style in painting, academism and classicism are based on a certain world outlook and the role of a person in life and history. For instance, a person of baroque is a bundle of emotions, they strive for carnal pleasures and avoid any struggle whatsoever – and the style measures up, abundant with swirls and flourishes and the playful eroticism.
A person of classicism, on the other hand, lives in keeping with the strict universal moral law. He has inevitable flaws and appetites like any other person, be it a person of baroque, realism or impressionism, but unlike the others he will always sacrifice his own interests to the common good, his personal happiness to the moral imperative, and his mind will always prevail over the chaos of emotions. All men are capable of glorious deeds, and all women are feminine and pure. The subjects usually narrate of historical events, and they radiate serenity and glory.
The strict requirements to the drawing and the technique leave no space for distortion, sloppiness or negligence of details. The academic or classicist paintings are quite simple (not to be misinterpreted for “easy”): the narrative is obvious, and each object in the painting has its own clear allegorical meaning quite obvious to a person in the know. Striving for excellence despite the inherent inner conflict, the priority of morals over desires, the active life philosophy, strictness and self-control … is it about the style or about you?))) So ordinary, but nevertheless unique…